The Fire announced their list of 11 expansion draft protected players today. The players, who will be ineligible for selection by the Philadelphia Union in Wednesday's expansion draft, include the following:
GK: Jon Busch
DEF: Wilman Conde, C.J. Brown, Dasan Robinson, Tim Ward
MID: Justin Mapp, Marco Pappa, Logan Pause, John Thorrington
FWD: Brian McBride, Patrick Nyarko So, not a whole lot of real surprises on this list for the Fire. The one name that didn't make the cut that I would like to see on the Fire is of midfielder/defender Mike Banner. Banner proved his versatility this year, filling in well on the flank in both the midfield and the defense. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Philly snapped him up on Wednesday and I think that would be a bit of a rough loss for the Fire.
Another Chicago player that Philly could take a flyer on would be defender Gonzalo Segares. It's pretty common knowledge that Gonzalo wants to go to Europe this offseason, but if he doesn't find a deal to his liking, the Union could get a huge steal in the Costa Rican left back.
The inclusion of Patrick Nyarko on the list confirms that he has graduated from the Generation Adidas program. His salary (which was $160,000 in 2009) will now count against the Fire's salary cap.
On another note, if the Fire can hold onto these 11 protected players, the starting lineup for next year doesn't look too shabby. Unfortunately, that is somewhat of a big "if," with Wilman Conde, C.J. Brown and Wilman Conde all possible departures this offseason.
You can check out the full list of protected players [here](http://www.soccerbyives.net/soccer_by_ives/2009/11/mls-expansion-draft-protected-lists-unveiled.html#more). Some of the notable names not included on the protected lists include Toronto midfielder Amado Guevara (had a past fallout with new TFC Head Coach Preki) and Houston midfielder Ricardo Clark (could be moving to Europe).